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Wales could finish top in Group D - and book an automatic spot at Russian Federation 2018 - if leaders Serbia slip up at home to Georgia.

Wales and the Republic of Ireland go head-to-head at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight. I want to score goals for my country but I'll keep believing and it will come. A point may be OK, but we'll go for three points. That's the way it's set up. I've always wanted to be in these games where everything is on it and all eyes are on you'.

"This is as big as anything we've been involved in".

No. Serbia are guaranteed a top-two position and therefore one of Wales and Ireland will miss out.

A win for Croatia - or Ukraine - in their head-to-head meeting on Monday night would scupper Wales in the event of a draw in Cardiff.

The match will be under much scrutiny not only because of the high stakes.

Best remembered for the one-off usage of an all-grey kit, it was the last competitive game played before the glory days of the Giovanni Trapattoni era. "We were all absolutely devastated at what happened".

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Shane Long has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup Qualifier with Wales due to a hip injury, Sky sources understand.

Earlier, Wales secured a 1-0 victory in Georgia to remain right in the mix for a finals spot. In the run-up to the round, the Irish home lost to Serbia 0: 1, reducing the opportunity to qualify. There may be no difference at all in the way Ramsey plays for his club, but I for one think that Wales i9s important to him and does affect his form, attitude etc.

Although Long is out, James McClean and Robbie Brady return from suspension.

A loss means Wales will finish third.

Of course, if Ireland lose or draw in Cardiff, then they will also be freed of the necessity of playing in a playoff, regardless of what occurs elsewhere.

"It was only when we spoke to Brian Kerr and told him about it, that things started to move quickly", said Hansen, speaking to The Daily Telegraph back in 2011. There's no doubt they will travel in their thousands and as I say, it's going to be like a cup final, we need to go there and win and we will be looking to do that.

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